Unbound

Rating: 4.83 stars   113 reviews 7,701

Issues: Human Services

Location: 1 Elmwood Avenue Kansas City KS 66103 USA

Mission: Unbound's mission is to walk with the poor and marginalized of the world.
Results: Sponsored members partner with Unbound to make program and benefit decisions that help meet their basic needs and develop their potential over the course of their time in the program, sometimes 18 years or more. Outcomes vary by location and may include educational attainment, leadership, improved health and nutrition status, dignified housing, skill development and increased income through livelihood opportunities for families. Through Unbound’s sponsorship program, families have more choices in their lives and are empowered over to confront the challenges of poverty and work toward a better life. In a 2013 qualitative evaluation of the Unbound sponsorship and scholarship program in the Philippines, almost all participants had achieved a university degree and many had also completed a graduate level education. Alumni, on average three years out of the program, are now pursuing careers from teaching to nursing and accounting to architectural design. Most are currently employed on a full-time salary basis. Former scholarship students self-identified the most significant outcomes of the program as education, leadership and spiritual/holistic development. Many former scholars are currently supporting their own families and providing both economic and mentoring support for siblings as they pursue their education. In addition, a central theme in the evaluation findings was the significant internal drive toward giving back to their communities. Examples include teaching formation classes for current Unbound sponsored members, preparing supplies for disaster relief, mentoring, and offering computer skills and resources to community youth.
Target demographics: children, families and the elderly confront the challenges of poverty and work toward a better life
Direct beneficiaries per year: more than 300,000 children, families and elderly people with needs such as education, food, health care, clothing, housing improvements and skills training.
Geographic areas served: 21 countries in Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Caribbean
Programs: sponsorship of children and the elderly, youth scholarships, disaster assistance, micro-loans, skills training for parents and more.
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EIN 43-1243999
800-875-6564
http://www.unbound.org/

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Rating: 5 stars  

Since my family began sponsoring a child through Unbound a few years ago, the letters from her family have provided a tangible connection to people from a whole different life style. Their thankfulness for health and consistent prayers for us serve as a reminder of what is truly important in life. Supporting Unbound's work will not only change your perspective on poverty, but open your eyes to the worth in all life. I am grateful for all they do!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been involved with Unbound for 15 years as a sponsor and as an advocate. It is very effective in promoting a mutually enriching relationship between sponsors and sponsored persons. Some sponsors receive letters that are so sweetly sincere that they feel they are receiving more than they are giving. I do not hesitate to encourage members of parishes where I preach and members of my own family to become sponsors in order to help the children of the very poor to break free of the bonds of poverty and fulfill their dreams.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Sponsoring children for 13 years through this great organization has been one of the most gratifying things we have ever done. The personal contact with the children through letters and pictures is inspiring. Unbound is very efficiently managed, with extremely low overhead and it is very convenient and easy to work with them.
Our children and grandchildren have also learned to appreciate their secure lives and be inspired to help others to achieve a better life.
We highly recommend Unbound to our friends and everyone.

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Rating: 5 stars  

We have been sponsoring children and youth through Unbound for about 18 years. Having now been on three Mission Awareness Trips, we continue to be impressed by the enthusiasm and commitment of the staff on the ground. They know their people, and the culture and Unbound respects that, giving the people autonomy while holding them accountable. The results are evident. Children from the hardest backgrounds go to College, and we met doctors, accountants, social workers, hotel staff that have come successfully through the program and now give back to their family and/or community. It is truly inspiring what can be achieved from our donations. Highly recommend this program.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a donor for over 14 years, and was able to sponsor a young man from grade school to independence. I currently sponsor 2 children and 1 aging lady. I love this group's openness in facilitating sponsor travel to meet their sponsored friends. Card and letter exchanges are nice; but it's even better to meet these people face-to-face, to look in their eyes and see for yourself what an effective organization this is and how your contributions are changing these people’s lives.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been blessed to be a part of the Unbound experience for several years. We currently sponsor 3 children and 2 elderly in the Philippines, Costa Rica and Ecuador. We have established a very heartwarming bond with these individuals through letters, photos and personal visits in their homes through Awareness Trips sponsored by Unbound. The close bond we have been able to establish with these families is truly humbling. One of our elderly told me in a recent visit with her that because of our help, she can face each day a little better knowing that someone cares for her; and the children are always eager to do well in school and they work hard to achieve good grades so that we will be proud of them. The faith these families have in our Lord Jesus Christ in spite of their extreme hardships is truly inspiring. We give a small monetary amount to help to these people, but what we receive in return is a life-altering experience no amount of money can buy. We also include our grandchildren in this experience and they are looking forward to accompanying us on an Awareness Trip in the near future. The Unbound staff truly care for each and every one of these people, and they are a wonderful organization to work with.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a sponsor through Unbound for 17 years. Unbound has given me the chance to actually see how much good my donations do. I have visited with the people who receive my help and see how much good it does. Before my visits to these children I got letters from them telling me what they felt from my caring for them. Without Unbound I would be giving my donations to an unnamed person somewhere in the world. I cannot say enough good about Unbound and the work they do for many, many people in a large part of the world of the poor.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a sponcer of a little girl, now a young woman, in Bluefields, Nicaragua. I have been able to correspond with her on a regular basis. Through my relationship with her I have developed a need, if you will, to sponcer several more young people. I have seen how dramaitcally the life of my first "Goddaughter" has changed and have wished to be able to give more childern this chance. CFCA has given me the chance to help these childern as well as helping me to give myself a sence of accomplishment by helping some one in desperate need! I do encourage anyone with the "need'" to help to use CFCA as a vehicle to accomplish their charity!

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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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3 people found this review helpful

I have been a sponcer for 15 years. The past 3 years I have traveled to see the Kids I am sponcering. By visiting the kids and their homes I have seem all the good that can come of a sponcership through CFCA. After visiting my first sponcered child I realized that I need to do more. Thus began a relationship with 4 more kids. After visiting the homes of those additional kids I was able to funnel some of my donation dollars to their needs in the likes of beds, education, cooking stoves and a house that stays dry during a rain.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

traveling to Nicaragua and seeing the needs of so many people in the outlying areas of that country. Also in seeing the results of the help offered to them.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

do some advertising so that many more people would be aware that CFCA exists. I find that so many people do not know and many are eager to help once they are given the particulars of the organization.

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I can highly recommend this organization because I have seen what they accomplish. Members of my family sponsor 6 children in Central America, India, and Africa. We have bridged the miles through exchange of letters and photos. My daughter-in-law and I visited our family in India and saw the work Unbound does meeting the needs of children. There are also mom's programs to help families out of poverty. Unbound changes the lives of many people throughout the world and I am grateful to be a part of it.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Unbound is simply an amazing organization in every way imaginable. My wife and I have been sponsors of children and elderly over the past 20 years. Through the years we have learned so much about the children and their families and seen them grow. Our elderly sponsored friends have shared their experiences as well. Each letter brings us closer together and Unbound personnel faithfully assure that the children and elderly receive educational and other assistance. We have been fortunate to participate in Awareness trips to the places where our sponsored friends live and seen firsthand the wonderful work that Unbound representatives do in each area project. Unbound really assists not only the sponsored children and elderly, but also their families and communities to help themselves. We have received so much more from the sponsored children, the elderly and their families than we could ever have given.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Unbound reaches those who are in desperate need in our world. Through sponsorship, we have been able to make a difference in a little girl's life, and she has become a part of our spiritual family. Unbound has been excellent in their communication and management. This is such a worthy charity. Please sponsor a needy child today; it is so easy, affordable, and rewarding. She or he will teach you to love in a way you never know you could. God bless.

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2 people found this review helpful

God brought the little girl from Columbia into our lives. Through prayer and the desire to do God's will, we discovered CFCA (Unbound Intl.), and began sponsoring a child. Our life has been so rich knowing that the little we do can mean so much to a struggling child. Unbound has been faithful in their personal responses and management of our sponsorship. Hearing from our sponsored child, watching her grow up, and knowing the Holy Spirit connects us in charity is so comforting. May God bless Unbound, and I thank them, through the opportunity of sponsorship, for helping bring Christ into our lives.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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